The INUMC Disability Concerns Team aims to be a resource for local churches who wish to fully include members with disabilities in the life of their congregation.
Local churches can connect with the Disability Concerns Team by contacting Pat Lancet (chair) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The month of March is recognized in the State of Indiana as Disability Awareness Month and the Indiana Conference Disability Awareness Sunday is usually set for the same month.
Disability Awareness Sunday
Why Disability Awareness Sunday?
Chances are good that you have children and adults in your church who have disabilities. Chances are greater that you have many others who live in your church’s neighborhood without a church home, as fewer than half of families who have a child with a disability attend church.
According to the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, one in every 100 Indiana K-12 students have an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. One in every 693 babies is born with Down Syndrome. Approximately, one million people in the United States have cerebral palsy. Millions more have other disabilities.
All of them are children of God. All of them have unique gifts and personalities that transcend – or perhaps illuminate – disability. It is this large body of Hoosiers with disabilities and unique gifts that we celebrate on Disability Awareness Sunday.
That is all Disability Awareness Sunday needs to be – a celebration of all God’s people.
Resources for Disability Awareness
This skit was written for Disability Awareness Sunday at Avon UMC. The goals of the Special Needs Ministry team and the writer were to raise awareness and portray how the church as the body of Christ can help others.
Two mission moments written by Evangel Heights UMC in South Bend for Disability Awareness Sunday.
A Place for All
Videos exploring the courageous stories of persons with disabilities as they succeed in making their faith communities truly inclusive – click here.
National Disability Ministry Committee Resources
The Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities
Visit this website to order free materials as part of church’s Disability Awareness program: www.IndianaDisabilityAwareness.org
- The Bible: Disability and the Church by Amos Young
- Unexpected Guests at God’s Banquet: Welcoming People With Disabilities Into the Church by Brett Web-Mitchell
- Christian Reflection: A Series In Faith and Ethics/Disability by Baylor University (www.ChristianEthics.ws; phone number 254.710.3774)
UM disability blog and INUMC lectionary for Lent 5B
Reading: John 12:20-33 – Click here to download.